Hugh C. Hansen
Professor of Law & Founding Director Fordham IP Conference and IP Institute
Hugh C. Hansen is a Professor of Law at Fordham University School of Law and founding Director of the Fordham Annual IP Conference and the IP Institute. He teaches courses in intellectual property law and has taught constitutional law, federal courts, & antitrust law.
Professor Hansen clerked for federal judges in the Second Circuit and the Southern District of New York. He was in practice as an AUSA in the Southern District U.S. Attorney's Office and a litigation associate with Dewey Ballantine LLP. Before the settlement, he was the principal drafter of AT&T's response to the DOJ Antitrust Division when it asked why it should not seek a breakup of AT&T.
Currently, he consults on IP matters in the U.S. and Europe. He was the lead counsel in a multi-district litigation and an expert witness in a Lloyds of London arbitration. He has represented clients in cases in the U.S., U.K., Germany and Poland and before DG Comp of the EU.
Both his teaching and consulting focus on strategic thinking from a legal realist understanding of how courts, legislatures, and the private sector interact with the law and each other. In the same vein he directs the IP Institute and IP Conference, now in its 28th year. The Director General of the WIPO, Francis Gurry, called the IP conference "the Davos of the IP world."
On IP and related topics, Prof. Hansen has written numerous articles, a book, and edited many others. He frequently speaks in the U.S., Europe, and Asia. The U.S. State Department sponsored a speaking tour for Prof. Hansen in Japan and Melbourne University sponsored one in Australia.
Managing Intellectual Property Magazine has named Prof. Hansen one of the 50 most influential people in IP many times. It also presented Prof. Hansen with a Lifetime Achievement Award. The Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, per Chief Judge Paul Michel, presented Prof. Hansen with an award for “his contribution to the legal community’s understanding of international intellectual property law.”
Since August 2018, he has hosted the podcast Non Obvious with Hugh Hansen, where he speaks with various key players in IP and the legal world in general. To date he’s been joined by, among others, Judge Denny Chin of the Second Circuit, David Kappos (partner at Cravath and former Director of the USPTO), Sir Robin Jacob (University College London and former Judge in the Court of Appeal of England and Wales) and Renata Hesse (partner at Sullivan & Cromwell and former Acting Assistant Attorney General of the Antitrust Division at the Department of Justice) and William Kovacic (Professor at GWU Law and former Chair of the Federal Trade Commission).